Two Los Angeles city councilmen have introduced a proposal to tax firearm and ammunition sales in the city. Councilmen Paul Koretz and Paul Krekorian, who are known for supporting any and every anti-gun proposal imaginable, are now pushing Council File 15-1188, which seeks to impose a tax modeled on one passed in Seattle earlier this year. The measure would add a $25 tax to each firearm sold, as well as between 2 and 5 cents of tax to every round of ammunition sold.
In urging Seattle’s mayor to reject the ordinance, Lawrence Keane of the National Shooting Sports Foundation wrote, “Imposing this tax is akin to taxing licensed pharmacies to combat a heroin epidemic”—and the same could be said of California’s copycat scheme.
Another Restaurant Patron Stops Another Armed Robbery
An armed robbery suspect was shot and killed by a concealed-carry permit holder at a Waterbury, Conn., restaurant early Saturday morning. Witnesses told police that the would-be robber entered the cafe wielding a handgun and tried to steal from the business and its customers. However, a patron who was legally carrying a handgun confronted the robber and fired his gun at least once, killing the man.
The shooter remained on scene and is cooperating with police. No charges had been filed against the shooter as of Sunday at 5 p.m. The Waterbury Police Department is investigating the case as a homicide and said they will continue to investigate the shooting in collaboration with the Waterbury State’s Attorney’s Office.
News of the concealed permit holder stopping the Cafe Azzurri robbery comes just one day after a concealed-carry permit holder stopped a robbery at a Waffle House in North Charleston, S.C.
Amy Schumer Takes Anti-Gun Crusade To SNL
Comedian (and we use the term lightly) Amy Schumer, who along with her cousin Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., agitates for gun control, used her first time hosting Saturday Night Live as an opportunity to spread her message. The “Guns” sketch lampooned the prevalence of firearms in American society by showing people wielding them during everyday activities.
Aside from the fact that the routine wasn’t particularly funny or satirically effective, it betrayed something about how a large segment of the anti-gun left feels these days. The slogan employed in the sketch—“Guns: We’re Here To Stay”—betrays the bitterness of anti-gunners in the face of more and more Second Amendment victories. Losing hope of advancing their agenda, they increasingly resort to lashing out against American culture and demonizing gun owners. It’s the psychology of a side that knows it is losing, and just can’t cope with the fact that the rest of the country seems to be moving on without them.
Kamala Harris: By-The-Book Anti-Gunner
California Attorney General Kamala Harris, a candidate for U.S. Senate, pulled a page out of a well-worn playbook when speaking in Los Angeles on Friday. She criticized Congress for failing to pass gun-control legislation after Sandy Hook and suggested that, “They should have closed the chambers of Congress, on the House and the Senate side, and said all you members go in there, only you, and spread out the autopsy photos of those babies and require them to look at those photographs. And then vote your conscience.”
For those unfamiliar with the anti-gun left’s playbook, Harris’ tactic is key principle No. 1: Always focus on emotions. But Harris is selective in what photos should be viewed. She doesn’t mention Carol Bowne or any of the innocent victims who were unable to get guns for self-defense, thanks to gun-control laws already in place. Apparently, those victims are just another inconvenient truth.
Time To Pull The Plug On Verizon?
If you use Verizon services, it may be time to carefully consider why you’re sending them any of your money. A recent move by the media and telecom giant—the failure to renew existing contracts with the Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel—makes this shooting lifestyle content completely unavailable to customers using the Verizon Fios cable service. NRA members and other interested viewers will lose access to Friends of NRA, NRA All Access and NRA Life of Duty content among many others.
The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action put it all in perspective: “By their actions, Verizon is marginalizing a segment of society—130 million strong, loyal and passionate purveyors of the outdoor lifestyle including the millions of NRA members … The message is clear: If you differ in opinion about certain issues and lifestyle choices, Verizon doesn’t want your business.”
Could it be time to pull the plug on Verizon: Phone, cable, Internet and all?
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Minnesota Dentist Won’t Face Charges For Legal Lion Hunt
Three months after rabid anti-hunters relentlessly persecuted Minnesota big-game hunter Walter Palmer for killing a named lion while on safari in Africa, the Zimbabwean government has announced Palmer did not break any laws and will face no charges.
“We approached the police and then the prosecutor general, and it turned out that Palmer came to Zimbabwe because all the papers were in order,” said Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, the environment minister, told reporters. The professional hunter who guided Palmer and a game park manager could still face charges.
After the lion hunt was made public—but before all important information was known—anti-hunters around the world ruthlessly attacked Palmer on social media, and many even hatefully picketed outside his dental office, forcing him to leave his practice for six weeks. It remains to be seen whether those vocal anti-hunters will apologize to Palmer now that it has been learned he broke no laws.